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In the Path of Falling Objects

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Riveting Suspense

    Abandoned by their mother, two teenaged brothers head to Arizona from Texas on foot to meet up with their father who is being released from prison and their brother who might soon return from Vietnam. Along the way, they are picked up by a hippie serial-killer named Mitch and a pregnant 16-year-old girl named Lilly. Jonah and Simon both admire the girl and Jonah even develops a relationship with her; however, Mitch's jealousy and odd behavior soon alarm the brothers and they realize they must escape or their lives could be in peril.

    Readers will be pulled in by the short, suspenseful chapters, the letters from older brother Matthew, and the fear for the characters' future and safety.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Tense, Fast-paced, and Original

    The cover of the book reads, "the road trip from hell" - and it couldn't be more correct. In the Path of Falling Objects is the story of brothers Jonah and Simon as they trek across New Mexico with the faint hope of finding their older brother Matthew, who has been serving in Vietnam, in Arizona. They hitch a ride from two seemingly harmless people: Mitch, a strange young man with the intriguing ability to automatically count things, and Lilly, the beautiful, pregnant teenager with him. What the two boys don't know is that by getting in the car, they are about to embark on a nightmarish journey that they may not return from.
    The book is a riveting, disturbing thrill ride that will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat until the shattering climax. Although it starts out slow, the moment they get in the car jolts you into a rush of danger, passion, mistrust, violence, jealousy, and a strange claustrophobic sense of being trapped. You become fully engrossed in Jonah's narrative: his frustration at his brother's stubborn petulance, his wariness of Mitch that quickly escalates into terror, his sad, hopeless longing to find his brother, his confusion about his growing feelings for Lilly and whether or not she loves him, too, and his constant desire to protect and look after Simon in the way only a brother can feel. Every other character is perfectly fleshed out as well: Simon, so eager to make his own way into the world he begins taking unnecessary risks; Lilly, a girl desperate for an abortion, trapped by circumstance, but who knows exactly how to manipulate people into getting what she needs; and Mitch, the sick, twisted driver of the vehicle who is mentally unstable and obsessed with Lilly. When she seems to fall for Jonah, the careful tension that Smith has kept up in the novel explodes into chaos that you just can't tear your eyes away from. Mitch makes a thoroughly petrifying villain because of his controlling and unpredictable nature; the passengers don't trust him, but have no other choice if they want to get where they need to be. By the time they realize what Mitch is capable of, it is too late. In the Path of Falling Objects is a completely engrossing, exhilarating, and chilling ride - one you won't soon forget.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    This book made me a fan of Andrew Smith. I couldn't put it down!

    This book made me a fan of Andrew Smith. I couldn't put it down! The pain experienced from being abandoned by their mother and their relationship as brothers is incredibly sad and well written. A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    Great book!

    This book was both suspenseful and a nice change from the fantasy books I tend to read. Andrew Smith wrote a very riveting story with deep rooted characters. I would recommend this book to any young adult- even adult would enjoy this book

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